If you suspect you are being followed or if you are being threatened, harassed, or intimidated by someone, you may want to consider the following:
- Utilize the law enforcement community and courts.
- Speak with your local crisis center about obtaining a Restraining Order.
- Develop a safety plan with your local crisis center.
- Change the locks of your home and/or car.
- Avoid walking alone. Always be aware of your surroundings.
- Alternate daily driving routes and keep car doors locked at all times, even when in use.
- Park in well-lit areas, obtain a locking gas cap, and always visually check the front and rear passenger areas and under the car before entering your vehicle.
- In case you are being followed know the locations of both the police and fire stations. Find out if that department is open 24 hours a day.
- Keep an emergency bag packed with clothing, money, emergency telephone numbers, etc.
- Report all threats sent by mail to the local police or the FBI.
- Alert neighbors and your landlord about what is happening, and have a prearranged code or signal in case the stalker is near or at your home.
- Post a "No Trespassing" sign on the edge of your property where it is clearly visible.
- Be aware of places a stalker could hide, install outdoor lighting, and check to be sure existing lighting works.
- Be protective of your social security number, it is the key to all of your information. Only give it out if you are required to do so.
- If you move do not leave a "paper trail." Don't have anything forwarded (mail, newspapers, and magazines subscriptions, telephone number, etc.) Take all medical immunization records (especially for your children) with you.
- Contact the three credit bureaus: TRW, Equifax, and Trans Union. Let them know of your situation and ask them to flag your record.
- If you receive threatening calls report it to your phone company.
- Always carry a cell phone. If you are being followed call 9-1-1 and go to a busy place.
- Get an additional unlisted phone line and keep the information confidential.
- Keep your old phone number with your answering machine/voice mail connected. Save messages or caller ID numbers for evidence.
- If you cannot afford an additional phone line, ask your phone company about getting a second ring tone that distinguishes your new phone number from your old phone number.
- Avoid calling 800 or 900 phone numbers. If you need to call one of these services use a payphone.
- Don't leave your cell phone unattended.
- Set the GPS in your cell phone so it is only accessible by 9-1-1. Contact your wireless provider for more information.
- Notify your internet service provider if you receive harassing messages via the web.
- Consider safety when using computers. Go to locations like a public library where the computer can't be monitored or hacked into.
- Filtering capabilities of your email program can block email from certain addresses.